Ellensburg, WA

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2022 Population
19,003
1.1% 1-year decline
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
24.9
2.05% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
20.9%
8.16% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$53,730
13.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$346,700
32.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
10,053
0.832% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Ellensburg, WA had a population of 19k people with a median age of 24.9 and a median household income of $53,730. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ellensburg, WA declined from 19,215 to 19,003, a −1.1% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,407 to $53,730, a 13.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ellensburg, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.57%), Other (Hispanic) (5.64%), Two+ (Hispanic) (3.22%), and White (Hispanic) (2.81%).

None of the households in Ellensburg, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.3% of the residents in Ellensburg, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ellensburg, WA are Central Washington University (2,968 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Ellensburg, WA was $346,700, and the homeownership rate was 37.7%.

Most people in Ellensburg, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Ellensburg, WA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Ellensburg, WA is home to a population of 19k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.86% of Ellensburg, WA residents were born outside of the country (543 people).

In 2022, there were 11.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.6k people) in Ellensburg, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.25k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.07k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.3%
2022 Citizenship
96.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.3% of Ellensburg, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Ellensburg, WA was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ellensburg, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    14.6k ± 430
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.25k ± 257
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    1.07k ± 389
12%
Hispanic Population
2.28k people

In 2022, there were 11.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.6k people) in Ellensburg, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.25k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.07k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

12% of the people in Ellensburg, WA are hispanic (2.28k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    244,390 ± 11,943 people
  2. India
    101,527 ± 7,771 people
  3. China
    86,360 ± 7,174 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 244,390 Washington residents, followed by India with 101,527 and China with 86,360.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.86%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
543 people
5.65%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.09k people

As of 2022, 2.86% of Ellensburg, WA residents (543 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ellensburg, WA was 5.65%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    275 ± 134
  2. Vietnam
    229 ± 116
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    162 ± 98

Ellensburg, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ellensburg, WA employs 10.1k people. The largest industries in Ellensburg, WA are Educational Services (2,113 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,675 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,289 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($93,625), Finance & Insurance ($83,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,893).

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $73,054. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

10.1k
2022 Value
± 808
0.832%
1 Year growth
± 11.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ellensburg, WA grew at a rate of 0.832%, from 9.97k employees to 10.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ellensburg, WA, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,425 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,054 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,024 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ellensburg, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

10.1k
2022 Value
± 808
0.832%
1 Year growth
± 11.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ellensburg, WA grew at a rate of 0.832%, from 9.97k employees to 10.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ellensburg, WA, are Educational Services (2,113 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,675 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,289 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ellensburg, WA, though some of these residents may live in Ellensburg, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,451
Median earning men ± $4,265
$28,161
Median earning women ± $4,957

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($134,600), Public Administration ($71,500), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,703).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($117,679), Manufacturing ($87,989), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($61,184).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
3.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.58M people employed in Washington. This represents a 3.62% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.3%.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Washington went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 58% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (38.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.97%).

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Ellensburg, WA awarded 2,968 degrees. The student population of Ellensburg, WA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 4,335 male students and 4,922 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ellensburg, WA are White (1,450 and 50.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (472 and 16.4%), Unknown (406 and 14.1%), and Two or More Races (226 and 7.84%).

The largest universities in Ellensburg, WA by number of degrees awarded are Central Washington University (2,968 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Ellensburg, WA are Elementary Education & Teaching (238 and 8.02%), General Psychology (181 and 6.1%), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (144 and 4.85%).

The median tuition cost in Ellensburg, WA for a public four year colleges is $6,816 for in-state students and $23,881 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Ellensburg, WA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 93.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 23.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 9,257 (46.8% men and 53.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 9,257 students enrolled in Ellensburg, WA, 46.8% men and 53.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,913 records, of which 52.5% were women and 47.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 238 degrees awarded
  2. 181 degrees awarded
  3. 128 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ellensburg, WA was Elementary Education & Teaching with 238 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
2,968 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Washington University with 2,968 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,277 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ellensburg, WA, which is 0.755 times less than the 1,691 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,450 degrees mean that there were 3.07 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 472 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($6,816) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,029) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($900) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.975% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.954% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.4M), and Bachelors Degree (1.33M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ellensburg, WA was $346,700 in 2022, which is 1.23 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $261,500 to $346,700, a 32.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Ellensburg, WA is 37.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ellensburg, WA have an average commute time of 18.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ellensburg, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Ellensburg, WA is $53,730. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Ellensburg, WA was Census Tract 9753 with a value of $102,220, followed by Census Tract 9755 and Census Tract 9754.02, with respective values of $66,202 and $58,684.

Property

$346,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$20,582
$3,138
Median Property Taxes
±$465

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Rent vs Own

37.7%
Homeownership
2022
62.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 37.7% of the housing units in Ellensburg, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 35.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9753
  2. Census Tract 9755
  3. Census Tract 9754.02

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ellensburg, WA was Census Tract 9753 with a value of $102,220, followed by Census Tract 9755 and Census Tract 9754.02, with respective values of $66,202 and $58,684.

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Household Income

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$53,730
Median Household Income
± $11,974
8.32k
Number of Households
± 764

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.32k households in Ellensburg, WA grew to $53,730 from the previous year's value of $47,407.

The following chart displays the households in Ellensburg, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ellensburg, WA is from Washington.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in Washington
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2022, the income inequality in Washington was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.285% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (70.9%)
  2. Walked (9.81%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.74%)

In 2022, 70.9% of workers in Ellensburg, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (9.81%) and those who worked at home (8.74%).

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Commute Time

18.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ellensburg, WA have a shorter commute time (18.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.88% of the workforce in Ellensburg, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

20.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ellensburg, WA (3.53k out of 16.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ellensburg, WA is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

93.8% of the population of Ellensburg, WA has health coverage, with 51.9% on employee plans, 16.3% on Medicaid, 8.75% on Medicare, 15% on non-group plans, and 1.81% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Kittitas County, WA see 1712 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.66% decrease from the previous year (1895 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2139 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 553 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,712 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kittitas County, WA

Primary care physicians in Kittitas County, WA see an average of 1,712 patients per year. This represents a 9.66% decrease from the previous year (1,895 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kittitas County, WA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.6% under 18 years, 43.6% between 18 and 34 years, 25.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 10.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.19%
Uninsured
51.9%
Employer Coverage
16.3%
Medicaid
8.75%
Medicare
15%
Non-Group
1.81%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ellensburg, WA grew by 15% from 5.38% to 6.19%.

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